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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Wink of Stella

Wink of Stella Pens by Zig

Wink of Stella Pens by Zig

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake; Zig Memory System
  • Range; Wink of Stella

Reason For Buying

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of these new pens, from Kuretake to try out. I have to admit, I was going to be a hard sell on glitter pens. I have a love hate thing with glitter, I love the bling but HATE the mess. Currently the only way I’ll get near glitter is with Ranger’s Stickles Glitter Glues.

Pros/Cons

Make your lettering pop with Wink of Stella

Make your lettering pop with Wink of Stella

Pros

  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Pigment Ink
  • Colour base to the ink, with glitter running through it.
  • Colours co-ordinate with other Zig pens in a variety of ranges; Calligraphy markers and Brushables.
  • Works great on; Smooth card like the Rymans one I use for stamping. Also perfect on water-colour card and on stampbord.
  • Works well with; other Zig markers, including Calligraphy and Brushables.
  • Great for adding highlights to detailed stamps and for vintage projects.
  • Super smooth to use, no begging it to work, or keep working like you get with gel pens.
  • The brown, gold and silver are perfect for vintage projects as they are more subtle than other metallics, really nice. The black is also a soft black so if you use it with a black calligraphy pen it looks like a shadow.
  • The clear pen is great when you want to add sparkle without a colour base. Also perfect for snow ;)
  • You can watercolour with them too!!!

Cons

I tried to find some, honest! But I couldn’t find any, these pens did what they are supposed to and more. I have no complaints.

Build Quality

Zig: Wink of Stella pen

Zig: Wink of Stella pen

Excellent! The lids are well-fitting but not to hard to remove. The nibs are 0.8mm perfect for writing and also for adding detailed highlighting to lettering or stamped projects. Ink flow is superb! No scratchy nib over the writing surface, no clogging. You need to store them flat, but I had a miracle revival on a pen! The silver one arrived without its lid on and didn’t work. However when I put its lid back on and left it lying flat on the table for a few hours, it came back to life and has continued to work perfectly! I think this was lucky and don’t recommend you do this but it is a testament to a well designed pen. 

Value for Money

Can’t actually rate this, as at the time of writing the pens have yet to be launched and I have no details of the rrp or the pack sizes they will be sold in.

Would I buy it Again?

YES!!!!! If I’d seen them, I probably wouldn’t have bought them, written them of as glittery and eww BUT I would have missed out! They are so much nicer than glue pens as you can get fine detail, when you first apply them you don’t notice the glitter. When you tilt your project into the light the glitter really pops. They don’t disturb the ink below them, unlike glitter glue. Below is an image where I used them over Distress ink. I love how subtle they are, and would buy more.

Close up of Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella pens, add some sparkle

Summing up

LOVE these pens. I never thought I would like anything glittery, but I love them.

  • Versatile; work as highlights for fine detail images, enhancing lettering or on larger areas by water colouring with them.
  • Subtle; at first glance you don’t notice the glitter, till the light hits it then POW
  • All the bling without the mess; the results are beautiful (if hard to photograph). Stunning glittery finish without gunky residue that comes with glitter glue. The glitter doesn’t shed, for the amount of sparkle these pens pack, the glitter doesn’t rub off! Even when you watercolour with them! Very impressed.
  • Reliability; They work! Simple as that, they do what they say on the tin. Not everything does but these DO!
  • A joy to use and write with.

Links

At the time of writing, I am still awaiting details of colours that will be available & prices, so I’ll update this review with that information, when I recieve it. In the meantime, for stockists near you, check out the Kuretake website for more details.

  • Kuretake UK; Manufacturers of Zig Memory System products.

Come back on friday to see the video demo I made for these pens and some techniques for using them.

Many thanks to Kuretake for giving me the opportunity of trying these pens, they are superb and have become among my firm favorites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***Update***

Latest news from Kuretake;

  • There are 13 colours in the range.
  • Create & Craft have these pens for £19.99

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